Public health

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2009 file photo chocolate moves down the production line at the Cadburys factory in Birmingham, England. Water supply problems affected a Cadbury plant after freezing weather in England, but the company never stopped making candy. A false story made that claim after bitter weather followed by a thaw led to burst pipes in the Birmingham area. That’s where Cadbury’s flagship Bournville factory produces Dairy Milk chocolate bars, Easter creme eggs and other treats. Cadbury says there was a limited supply of water for a brief period, but sweets production never came to a halt. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson, File)
March 09, 2018 - 2:17 pm
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: ___ NOT REAL: Meddling globalist George Soros named as the puppet...
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March 09, 2018 - 6:39 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jonathan Runstadler, Tufts University (THE CONVERSATION) In the early 20th century, the leading cause of death was infectious disease. Epidemics erupted with little warning, seemingly...
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March 07, 2018 - 5:12 pm
Some health websites have misrepresented the fine print on an old vaccine label to falsely claim that the "FDA announced that vaccines are causing autism." Vaccines do not cause autism and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not make any new statement this week about the long-debunked claim...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, second from right, and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, second from left, walk to a news conference, in Parkland, Fla., to speak about the shooting the day before at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photographs of the Florida sheriff with one of his deputies, a Muslim American, prompted many sites’ false claims that Israel had terror ties. The stories appeared alongside criticism of the office’s response to the school shooting that killed 17 people. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
March 02, 2018 - 6:33 pm
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: ___ NOT REAL: Sheriff Scott Israel Linked To Terror-Supporting...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017 file photo, a sign at the specialty clinic at Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis, alerts patients to a measles outbreak in the area. While parts of the world have all but banished measles, Europe is still getting hit with large outbreaks where some people don’t get vaccinated. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti, file)
March 02, 2018 - 11:07 am
LONDON (AP) — While parts of the world have all but banished measles, Europe is still getting hit with large outbreaks where some people don't get vaccinated. Measles is still a bigger problem across parts of Africa and Asia, where outbreaks can be particularly devastating in malnourished children...
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President Donald Trump speaks to businessman Steve Witkoff, who lost his son Andrew to a prescription drug overdose, during the White House Opioid Summit in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 01, 2018 - 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday the "ultimate penalty" may be in order for drug dealers because the nation's drug problem will never be solved without a show of strength and toughness. The comments were Trump's most explicit on the matter to date. He previously has alluded to...
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March 01, 2018 - 2:46 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil has confirmed 723 cases of yellow fever, putting the current outbreak on track to surpass the previous, unusually large one. The Health Ministry said Thursday that 237 people have died from the disease. During the same period in the 2016-2017 outbreak, Brazil recorded 576...
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February 26, 2018 - 9:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — You can't get the flu from a flu shot. And public health officials aren't blaming the vaccine for causing this season's nasty epidemic. Some "natural" health websites have misrepresented remarks of a Wisconsin county public health nurse, Anna Treague, who was trying to explain to...
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In this photo taken on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Doctor Roberto Ieraci checks a syringe before vaccinating a child in Rome. The nation is battling one of its worst epidemics of measles in recent years, reporting a six-fold increase in cases last year that accounted for a quarter of all the cases in Europe. And yet the Italian government's response, a new law requiring parents to vaccinate their kids against measles and nine other childhood diseases, has become one of the most divisive issues going into the nation’s March 4 general election. Public health authorities are incredulous that the small but loud anti-vax movement has gained traction during an entirely preventable measles outbreak, thanks to an election campaign where prominent politicians have questioned the safety of shots and denounced obligatory inoculations. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
February 26, 2018 - 3:31 am
ROME (AP) — In Italy, the fight against measles has moved from the doctor's office to the political battleground. The nation is facing one of its worst epidemics of measles in recent years, reporting a six-fold increase in cases last year that accounted for a quarter of all the cases in Europe. And...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2005 file photo, Amanda Klopfer reacts as she is given a FluMist influenza vaccination in St. Leonard, Md. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, a federal panel says it's OK for doctors to start using the kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)
February 21, 2018 - 5:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again, a federal panel said Wednesday. Two years ago, the advisory group pulled its recommendation for FluMist vaccine after research found it wasn't working against swine flu, the kind of flu that was making...
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